Monday, April 17, 2017

Painters Peony Heaven--Cricket Hill Garden

Paint outside with POP Thursday, May 18th at Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston, CT.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 -- POP painters will gather at Cricket Hill Gardens—an herbaceous and tree peony specimen garden in Thomaston, CT--for a morning painting session from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  The property will be open to painters who love the challenge of expressing the beauty of tree peonies and herbaceous peonies in a natural setting. The garden is located at 670 Walnut Hill Rd, Thomaston, CT 06787.   Painters are in for a treat -- to see the gardens in full swing, and to paint these beautiful specimen flowering plants.  In addition, plants may be ordered for Fall delivery, and your gardening questions related to growing peonies may be answered once and for all.  Rain Date: Monday, May 22.

Please arrange to carpool with your painting buddies, as parking is limited.  Also, you will be walking over mulched pathways on uneven terrain, so bear that in mind.  Please do not block the paths.  Bring a sack lunch and a chair.  We will break at 12 for lunch together.  Portapotty on premises.  NO PETS PLEASE.

If you are into "the figure in the landscape", a clothed model will be posing.  Please let me know if you are interested and can help share the model fees.

Visitors to the gardens and to see plein air painters in action are welcome.

#pleinair #pleinairpainters #peonies #gardens #crickethillgarden

Ellie Boyd, (203) 429-4356

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tax Help for Artists......Just in Time

Artists and Musicians:  Make Tax Prep Easier This Year

Monday, March 20th, 6-8pm,
Washington Art Association & Gallery presents
Kris Roberts, The Roberts Tax Group of Torrington
A talk on advance planning skills, with Q&A
for self-employed artists.

4 Bryan Memorial Plaza in Washington Depot, CT.
Seating is limited.  $15 per person.

Registration: (860)868-2878 or email

Monday, February 6, 2017

Your Dream Painting Spot

Your Dream Painting Spot?

Now is the time of year to offer up ideas for POP painting locations/dates for the 2017 schedule.  To be notified by email of painting locations/dates, and other events, please sign up using the form to the right.

If you have a good spot you'd like to share with a group of 2 to 10 painters, preferably with OK parking and a portapotty or on site bathroom, please email

Thank you,
Ellie Boyd (203) 429-4356

Friday, November 11, 2016

UCC Southbury Hosts Small Paintings and Woodcarvings Show for Holidays

UCC SOUTHBURY hosts small painting and woodcarving show -- graphic.

Southbury, CT -- For the final year, more than 16 artists in paint and wood will bring their creations to UCC's Fiftieth Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Artists from Pomperaug Outdoor Painters and Hat City Carvers are again setting up a pop-up gallery to showcase and sell small plein air, still life, and studio paintings as well handcarved wooden gift items.   

Following in the footsteps of the French Impressionists, John Singer Sargent, Homer and others, painters have taken their easels and paint outside to capture the beauty of the landscape.   Some painters paint only “plein air”. Other painters work in the studio to create universally beautiful scenes of still life, flowers, people, favorite memories.  This year's show will feature small collectible original oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings by:
  •  Zufar Bikbov, 
  • Ellie Boyd, 
  • May Phillips, 
  • Linda Salvagne, 
  • Arline Corcoran, 
  • Anita Gregorski, 
  • Carolyn Bucha, 
  • Shirley Michaels, 
  • David Merrill, 
  • Diane Dubreuil, and 
  • Sandra Wakeen.  

Hat City Woodcarvers will bring carvings of Santa ornaments, wooden jewelry, small Santa statues, bottle stoppers, and other decorative collectibles.  Traditional woodcarving techniques are passed down from carver to carver and encompass many styles from Norwegian flat plane carving to relief, chip carving and carving in the round.  This year pieces will be shown and sold by Ellie Boyd, Marty Sprock and Dennis J. Taylor.

In addition to the popup gallery, the event offers 
  • unique shopping opportunities--crafts, homemade baked goods and jams
  • live and silent auctions with 100+ items (Silent Auction closes at 12:00) Be sure to bid on a $500 Gift Certificate toward the portrait of your choice by Ellie Boyd (Silent Auction) or a "Sip & Paint" Class for Four Friends, Project:  Handpainted Christmas Balls.
  • a great raffle (1st Prize --handmade quilt "Women of the Bible"; 2nd Prize --Microsoft Surface Tablet; 3rd Prize --Amazon "Echo", 4th Prize -- $75 Gift Certificate to Newbury Place.  Raffle tickets are available for $2 each or a book of 10 for $20.  Only 2,000 will be sold.
  • a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and 
  • a delicious luncheon.  
A portion of all sales support UCC Southbury's wider missions.  UCC Southbury is located at 283 Main Street North in Southbury.  For more information call Ellie Boyd (203) 429-4356

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Final Show "Small Treasures" November 19th UCC Southbury CT

Small Treasures 2016 Final Show photo

POP and UCC Southbury team up again for a final Small Treasures 2016, the successful small paintings show at the UCC holiday fair, to benefit UCC Southbury's outreach and programs.  Twenty + artists and woodcarvers will offer framed original artwork and hand carved wooden ornaments perfect for holiday gifting.  If you'd like to be part of this one day show, fill out the registration form and send it in with your check.  

Small Treasures 2016, November 19th, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 283 Main Street North, Southbury. 

Painters are invited to show and sell their original small artwork, 12" x 12" or smaller, valued at $450 or less, including framing.   Link for prospectus:
#artshow #smallpaintings #woodcarvings #artevent #SouthburyCT #holidaygifts #handmade #XmasReady

Monday, August 22, 2016

CANCELLED: Middlebury Land Trust Hosts POP and OPA Painters 10-1-16

Painting of Fenn's Pond with a view of Brookdale Farm, painted by Tom Adkins, judge of quick draw event at Middlebury Land Trust's Open Farm Day, Saturday, October 1st. 

For additional information, please contact Ellie Boyd, (203) 429-4356,

September 10th Paintout with Zufar Bikbov

Zufar Bikbov, of Oakville, CT, is the Pomperaug Outdoor Painters guest teacher September 10th at Bent of the River Audubon Center in Southbury.

Zufar Bikbov, of Oakville, CT, is the Pomperaug Outdoor Painters guest teacher September 10th at Bent of the River Audubon Center in Southbury. 
On September 10th, Pomperaug Outdoor Painters (POP) will meet at the Bent of the River Audubon Center, 185 East Flat Hill Road, in Southbury for an outdoor painting/sketching event from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

This year, a seasoned POP volunteer artist will work one-on-one with a beginning artist at each event. Anyone interested in trying “plein air” painting in oil with noted Watertown painter, Zufar Bikbov, the featured volunteer teacher for the event, at no charge, may register by phoning Ellie Boyd (203) 429-4356 or email,  The event is also open to experienced painters who just want to come out and spend the day sketching and painting on their own.  The beautiful nature sanctuary is adjacent to the Pomperaug River and features large open fields and a picturesque walk along the river, antique barns and structures, with plenty of shade, parking, and bathroom facilities.  Non-painters are welcome to hike the property and see plein air artists at work.  No pets allowed.  
A Russian native, Zufar Bikbov drew and painted with watercolors under the encouraging eye of his artist father as a child, and said "Learning about art was fascinating and the process of painting was pure magic for me. As a young child, I mimicked whatever my father was drawing. Because I was an enthusiastic learner, my father was taught me as much as he knew.”

He later graduated cum laude from Zelenodolsk Art School in Russia and continued his education with leading artists of Kazan, the "Third Capital of Russia", in the Saint-Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. His other chosen field is medicine, and studying and completing a degree at Kazan State Medical University.  

Zufar states “My love of painting has been instrumental in shaping the direction of my life. It gave me my wife, talented music teacher and singer, best friends and sense of endless way of growth and perfection. Because of the presence of medicine in my life, I have a very special feeling about nature and all that lives in the human soul.  It is reflected in my mind and permeates my art. I love to work with oils, which allow me to be flexible and deeply expressive.”    

Bikbov has received numerous awards for his paintings, most recently three awards this summer alone at Plein Air Easton, one of the U. S.'s premier plein air events, including Best Composition, Artist's Choice, and Best Nocturne awards.